On the Poetry Programme on Sunday 15th May at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, presenter Olivia O'Leary talks with poets Cahal Dallat and Nithy Kasa about their new collections.

Cahal Dallat is a poet, musician and critic. He was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim and lives in London. A winner of the 2017 Keats-Shelley Prize, he is the founder and organiser of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project.

His new collection, Beautiful Lofty Things, published by Salmon Poetry, pairs photographs of objects with the poems which they inspire.

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Cahal Dallat

Nithy Kasa was born in Kimpese, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was raised in its capital, Kinshasa, and in Galway. She now divides her time between Ireland and the Congo.

Joining the Dublin Writers’ Forum in 2011, she went on to read for Poetry Ireland, Concern, the National University of Ireland, Galway, the Royal Irish Academy, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature and University College Dublin, among others.

She received the Poetry Ireland Commission in 2020, with the support of an Arts Council of Ireland Commissions Award, and was shortlisted for The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award in 2021. Her debut collection, Palm Wine Tapper and the Boy at Jericho, is published by Doire Press this month.

It is no woman’s job,

though no one ever said it was.

You learn it from your father.

- One cutter per tree,

interlock yourself with the prey

by a rope, a gourd

hitched on the hips.

(From Palm Wine Tapper)

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